Cyclops !

Cyclops bust by Mick Wood, resin , 9 inches tall

Yes i do collect other things, not always Ultraman 😉 ! While I wasn’t born yet when the original 7th Voyage Of Sinbad came out in theaters, like so many others saw it on TV during my youth and it remains a favorite and still gives me chills when he first emerges in the film .. of course later on I would learn that Stop Motion Master and Legend, Ray Harryhausen was responsible for this. Well, over the years I’ve bought resin kits also know as garage kits ( basically kits sculpted at home and hand cast – most are not licensed but rather fan appreciations .. each kit needs to be sanded, and glued together, sometimes some putty work and re-sculpting are needed, than primed and painted ) of the Cyclops. Some are spot on others take liberties but remain true to the characters spirit … I do not have them all, but here are some of my favs I’ve built and painted …

Geometric Designs soft vinyl model kit 9 inches tall

Tony Cipriano resin kit 12 inches tall
I love the pose of this kit. I remember I had to track down the sculptor and twist his arm to pour me a copy ! By the way poorly painted by myself, I believe this one of the first kits I ever paint, some 15 years ago ?!!

Billiken Cyclops soft vinyl kit – set the standard for what a true Harryhausen version kit could be – 9.5 inches tall

In my opinion, Mick Wood has produced the 2 best versions of Cyclops to date, both are busts, the one at the top of this blog and this one. Both feature incredible amounts of detail which far surpass the original stop motion model, but they both possess that intangable something perfectly .. I guess the spirit of the Cyclops ! I keep hoping for a full size version from Mr Wood … perhaps someday.

Dave Burke designed this “cute” Cyclops .. it’s hard to stand up but so cute ! 7 inches tall.

And finally the best full figured Cyclops from Monsters In Motion and sculptor Joe Laudati. Standing about 16 inches tall and sporting his spiked club, this was dubbed by Harryhausen himself some years ago at a Garage kit show as the closest in scale and details to his original stop motion puppet. Fur is one of the hardest things to sculpt and this one does a good job of it. The face to me is spot on and the over all pose is well done.
I know I’ve left out many other kits as well as the more recent Japanese soft vinyl figures. Also there are many more Cyclops coming, so for the die hard Harryhausen Cyclops collector now is the best time to be collecting for sure !

About toykarma

Over the years Mark Nagata has collected thousands of toys and a fair amount of titles. The man behind San Francisco-based Max Toy Company is widely known as: Toy Collector. Illustrator. Magazine Founder/Publisher. Toy Designer. Artist. Author. Husband. Father. But the one description that might fit best is an unofficial one – Kaiju Toy and Art Ambassador. In the Japanese-inspired art and toy area, as well as throughout the larger toy collecting community, Mark is welcomed and recognized for his personal passion and commitment to supporting artists all around the world and the unique works they create. Beginning as a collector in his youth, Mark has had for years a keen eye for great art and a personal interest in collecting that he has spread through a variety of outlets. Trained at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, Mark honed his skills working for himself and for some of the most notable businesses in the country. As a freelance commercial illustrator, he completed works for such prominent companies as Lucasfilms, DC Comics, Hasbro Toys, IBM, Sony, and numerous advertising and design firms, both national and international. Mark’s colorful style graces over 40 cover paintings for R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps book series – Give Yourself Goosebumps. After hundreds of assignments, Mark made the decision to move in another direction, and that choice has led to whole new career as a successful businessman. For four years, the owner of one of the largest Ultraman toy collections in the world co-published Super 7 Magazine showcasing the finest in Japanese toy collecting. “I’d been collecting Japanese toys all along and suddenly realized it would be cool to have a magazine of some type devoted to them,” Nagata says. Mark’s devotion to presenting collectors with a selection of original figures inspired by classic Japanese toys from the 1960s and ‘70s as well as new versions of licensed Japanese characters is at the heart of Max Toy Company. Named for his son, Max Toys specializes in custom and limited editions of “kaiju” (Japanese monsters) toys and artwork. Many of the original toys produced are hand painted by Mark, a tradition that goes back to Japanese toy makers of the past. “Since our target is the soft vinyl Japanese toy collector, which is a very small niche, our runs of toys can be extremely small,” Mark says. “Runs range from 500 pieces of one toy to just one for a hand-painted, one-of-a-kind custom figure.” Through Max Toys, Mark has taken great pains to widen the reach of his two passions – toys and art. He played a significant part in the development of the first group kaiju show in the United States. Held at the Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago, Illinois in 2007, the “Toy Karma” Show featured detailed work from artists from Japan, the U.S. and South America. Participants marveled at the custom-painted toys and art on display. “Toy Karma” led to Mark being asked to be one of the artists spotlighted in the “Beyond Ultraman: Seven Artists Explore the Vinyl Frontier” exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. The October 2007 show, held jointly with the Los Angeles Toy, Doll and Amusement Museum, marked the first time – in a museum setting – that the influence of Japanese toys on California artists was explored. The exhibit featured more than 30 of Mark’s original paintings, toys and a selection of his vintage toy collection. Mark continued to be at the forefront as interest in Japanese-inspired art and toys expanded in 2008. Prestigious art houses Philips De Pury and Christie’s in New York and London sold Mark’s hand-painted custom kaiju toys in its auctions, spreading this unique art and toy movement into new and uncharted areas of the art world. In 2009, Mark once again took his love of toys and art overseas this time to a receptive and welcoming audience in Tokyo, Japan. Here, Mark curated the “Kaiju Comrades” Art Show, once again bringing together artists from various aspects of the kaiju toy realm in this first-of-its-kind toy art show. The following year found Mark in Barcelona, Spain co-curating with Emilio Garcia “Kaiju Attack,” the European country’s first kaiju art show. As the growth of kaiju art and toys increases worldwide, Mark continues in his unofficial role of Kaiju Toy and Art Ambassador. He has written and had his artwork and toy designs included in several books and magazines, both domestic and international. In 2010, Mark served as guest lecturer on kaiju and the toy-making process at the Morikami Museum in Florida. The San Francisco resident and his art can also be spotted in the first volume of the “ToyPunks” DVD and the “Toys R Us” DVD, while the video for the number one song by Owl City “Fireflies” featured Mark’s popular Kaiju Eyezon character. During this same time period, Mark has spearheaded the “Toy Karma 2” and “Kaiju Comrades 2” shows and has plans for future shows both in the U.S. and overseas. “Max Toys allows me to produce original artwork, new toys and work directly with a lot of talented artists,” Mark says. “Max Toy is a synthesis of toys and art, both life-long passions.”
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